CTE Gives Back! January 2023
ROCK STEADY BOXING
Let’s kick off 2023 with a question to get your mind thinking: What do Michael J. Fox, Alan Alda, Neil Diamond, Billy Graham, George H.W. Bush, and Muhammad Ali all have or have had in common? If your immediate answer is that they all suffer(ed) with Parkinson’s Disease, you’re a winner! And the “winner” this month as the recipient of our CTE Gives Back! charity dollars is Rock Steady Boxing. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is focused on giving hope to people with Parkinson’s disease by using a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum to improve their quality of life.
CTE Gives Back! December 2022
TUNNEL TO TOWERS
It’s often been said that behind so many good things in life, there’s a story to tell. And as 2022 winds up, as the days and hours left in the year dwindle so quickly, perhaps a most fitting story with which to close our year is that of Firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller, the young man whose legacy is indeed the base and keystone of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) founded in 2001.
CTE Gives Back! November 2022
BREAD OF LIFE – CLARENDON, TEXAS
“While Clarendon, Texas of Donley County may be part of one of the fifth poorest counties in Texas, there is nowhere else I would choose to live. This town is comprised of people who continually step up to help others.” Those were the words spoken by katherine Monroe, Founder of Bread of Life Food Pantry, an organization providing food boxes to so many in this small community in the Texas panhandle.
CTE Gives Back! October 2022
WALLACE, SHATSKY, BLACKBURN
COURAGE THROUGH CANCER FUND
October is earmarked internationally as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease and to raise funds for the research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. What a powerful mission for this horrible disease that truly impacts countless families in the world.
Check out some of the facts and figures about breast cancer, a cancer like other cancers that does not discriminate and can be swift and punishing:
With so many charities worldwide focusing on awareness, research, and treatment of this disease, Cable Tie Express through its CTE Gives Back! Program has chosen this month to target our charity dollars to one specific fund: The Wallace, Shatsky, Blackburn Courage Through Cancer Fund.
CTE Gives Back! September 2022
JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION
With a vision of a world without Type 1 Diabetes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading global organization funding Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research. This autoimmune disease can strike children and adults suddenly with no correlation to lifestyle or diet. There is nothing one can do to prevent it nor is there currently a cure for this disease. In short, with T1D the body stops producing insulin, a hormone the body needs to get energy from food, now requiring daily attention and manual intervention. Monitoring blood sugar levels and balancing insulin doses in eating and activity throughout the day is key to the management of this disease.
CTE Gives Back! July 2022
“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” Many have heard this quote but one nonprofit organization, Rapha Road out of Noblesville IN, has enabled a similar opportunity with beneficial results for lifelong healing for sober men in addiction recovery.
Kevin Mangins, founder of Rapha Road, started the 501© after seeing men leaving a treatment center in Indiana without a safe and sober place to live or employment. That vision led to the formation and mission of Rapha Road: “Rapha Road exists to provide a safe place for sober men in addiction recovery to live while also providing full time employment. Rapha Road equips residents with the required skills to live a productive life, all while experiencing the freedom that only comes from a personal relationship with Rapha, God the Healer.”
CTE Gives Back! June 2022
FEED YOUR NEIGHBOR
Powered by ITOWN Church – Fishers, IN
With inflation rates hitting 8.6% for the 12-month period ending May 2022, the largest annual increase since December 1981, many families are truly struggling to put food on the table, to fill their gas tanks with fuel, and to meet many basic financial requirements of daily living.
The ITOWN Church, headquartered in Fishers, IN, has been stepping forward to assist in one aspect of these challenging times – that of putting food on the table. Through its FEED YOUR NEIGHBOR mission, ITOWN Church as fed 75,674 families, providing food to the tune of 1,590,915 pounds of food, and tallying 1,026 salvations.
CTE Gives Back! April 2022
ADULT AND TEEN CHALLENGE – NORTHERN INDIANA
What started with an “I have an idea” moment of David Wilkerson, a pastor from a country pulpit in NYC, in reaction to the murder of seven teenage boys in 1958 began an outreach to gangs in the city and led to the development of an incredible 501(3) © non-profit organization called Adult and Teen Challenge. The model of this Christ-centered program is to assist with drug and alcohol recovery, helping people on the path to become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive with a strong relationship to Christ.
CTE Gives Back! March 2022
MIDWEST FOOD BANK AND WISH-TV “SEND THE LOVE” PROGRAM
The Midwest Food Bank, the largest faith-based food bank in the United States, is a nondenominational 501 © (3) that was founded in 2003 with the steadfast mission to “share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief: all without discrimination”. With this powerful mission and action throughout the past 20 years, this organization has earned the highest four-star rating with Charity Navigator, the premier independent charity evaluator, every year since 2011.
CTE Gives Back! February 2022
CHILDREN’S ORGAN TRANSPLANT ASSOCIATION
February is highlighted with Valentine’s Day and thoughts of love. Nothing is more precious than the love parents have for their children and that perhaps is what led to the saying, “a parent is only as happy as his/her saddest child”. In thinking of that, we know that life sometimes throws curveballs and when life-saving measures, such as an organ transplant, are needed for a child, that is a curveball that needs fielded with great strength, courage, love – and financial resources.